Audiobook Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


12953336“From the magical streets of Paris to its charming narrator, Anna and the French Kiss has it all.” –Robin Benway, author of Audrey, Wait! and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June 
Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, etienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.


My Review

This book is so stinkin’ adorable! It was just like a breath of fresh air. I loved the characters, the plot. I loved EVERYTHING about this book. I’ve just recently started listening to audiobooks and this is the very first one that I listened to all the way through. It was just so adorable. I loved it!

Before I go into the story itself, I want to give a big shout out to the speaker of this book, Kim Mai Guest. I’ve had some difficulties with speakers before, but I LOVED Kim! Her voice is very relaxing and very easy to listen to. She also does a really good job capturing individual voices for each character. She didn’t even bother me when she was doing the male parts. I really enjoyed her as a speaker, and I would highly recommend people listen to the audiobooks that she narrates.

Anna is the main character in Anna and the French Kiss. She’s recently been sent to a new school in Paris by her father so that she can get a more rounded education and get into better colleges the next year. Of course, she doesn’t speak any French and is completely lost from the get go. And to top it all off, she already has enemies within the first few days of being in Paris. But Anna quickly finds her own little group of people to hang out with and a really hot guy who she is majorly crushing on, St. Clair. And, of course, he is taken by Ellie. Figures.

Personally, I loved Anna. I thought that she was a great main character. Actually, I was a big fan of all of the characters. It’s hard for me to say if that’s the case in the actual book, because I didn’t read it. I listened to it. So maybe I’m just so infatuated with all of the characters because I loved the speaker. But the point is that I loved following Anna on all of her adventures.

There were a few sections in the book were I was like UGH…this is so DRAMA FILLED! I’m not really into a bunch of drama. I do wish that that would have been toned down maybe just a little bit. I was also a little annoyed with the relationship between Anna and St. Clair. I felt that that was dragged on and on and on and on. Over and over and over again. *spoiler alert* Anna and St. Clair don’t even progress until like the very last couple chapters. THERE ARE OVER 40 CHAPTERS IN THIS BOOK. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!  That was my reaction when listening to this book. It was just moving a little too slowly for my taste.

Even though things moved very slowly, I do have to admit that this is an EPIC love story. Yes, I do wish that things maybe happened a bit more quickly, but I loved the romance and the power that came from this book. Anna and St. Clair were ADORABLE (Man, I’ve been saying that word a lot.) Just….ah! ADORABLE. There I go again. I just…..I want them to have their own movie. They were so stickin, yes, adorable!

While I was listening to this book, I kept asking myself the same question. Would I like this book if I was reading it instead of listening to it? And my answer? Probably not. Well, let me be more clear. I think that I would think that the book was cute…but just okay. Contemporary really isn’t my genre, and I think that the lack of progression would have bugged me a lot more than it did when I was just listening to it. So, I wouldn’t personally read this book. I also would recommend that readers who don’t enjoy contemporary very much at least try and listen to it. It’s actually really adorable on tape.

I really enjoyed listening to this on my way to storytime and to work. It was great to listen to! I really enjoyed it! Right now I’m currently listening to Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, and I adore it already. I don’t like the narrator as much, but I’m enjoying the story! Maybe this is how I need to get my contemporary books in!

I would highly recommend this book to all contemporary lovers, and I would recommend this audiobook to EVERYONE!

Format: Audio CD

Length: A little over 10 hours

Publication Date: October 11th 2011

Publisher: Listening Library

Rating: [rating: 4]